Wild Watchings - Vol. 5
Surviving the scorcher by taking a dip, how to cool down on a global scale, a call to support national parks, responsible hiking, and playing with mud
Beat the heat
As the promised heat wave arrives in Oregon these next few days, be sure to prepare yourself properly to conquer the scorcher. If you're heading into the great outdoors, wear lightweight breathable clothing, carry plenty of water, and protect yourself from the sun by staying covered and using sunscreen. You can also try shadier locations for your hikes and outings as well as those in higher altitudes to try to escape the heat down below.
If you're looking for a swimming hole to cool down in, check out those listed in Lane County, but be sure to do so responsibly. Don't bring glass bottles to these locations, but again be sure to bring water to stay hydrated. I discovered my favorite swimming hole, Pegleg falls, during last summer's heated August. A beautiful and cool spot near Mount Hood’s Bagby Hot Springs, this gem is typically fairly quiet and the deep and clear water is stunningly blue and beautiful. With a few shallower swimming spots and plenty of area surrounding the water for sitting and relaxing, Pegleg offers a great place for family and friends.
Some Oregon trees may be the best at storing carbon (and keeping us cool)
Temperate rainforests may be storing even more carbon than originally thought, meaning that the effects of deforestation and forest degradation near us may be even worse than suspected. Recent research shows cool and warm temperate forests may be storing even more carbon than tropical forests. For those who really want the gritty details, you can read them here, but overall, this provides another sturdy proof that logging of old growth and Oregon's coastal forests is globally much more harmful than many who support logging would like to believe.
A move to support national parks
Chip Jenkins, the superintendent of North Cascades National Park, gives his advice on how to support national parks in a major way, especially as an individual. Without the help and support of so many individuals, National Parks would not be nearly as successful as they are today, and they still need our help. Here at Oregon Wild, we also have many suggestions as to how you can learn more and become active in the quest to protect our natural heritage. Recently Crater Lake has been especially threatened by DBug logging and the proposed helicopter tours that would ruin the pristine roadless lands around the lake and the tranquil quiet of its surroundings. Take action now to keep these things from happening to Crater Lake.
Don't get caught in the middle of this debate
Oregon news source KATU has opened up a debate as to whether or not negligent and unprepared hikers should be required to pay the sometimes very hefty bill for their own rescue. Don't be caught in this situation, and always be completely prepared for you outdoors experience. Be sure to read our tips for a safe and enjoyable trip into wild Oregon before you head out on your own. You can also accompany Oregon Wild on one of our remaining Oregon Wild Summer sponsored hikes and we will advise you as to what exactly to bring and guide you through an exciting and beautiful tour of one of Oregon's magnificent treasures.
Playing with mud with great hopes
We're not talking about your hobbies as a child; instead we're talking about dirt that's been held back behind a dam for more than 100 years. Scientists are drilling core samples out of the Gold Ray Dam on the Rogue River to decide whether or not the sediment held back by the dam is clean and easily dissipated. If our hope that there are not contaminates in this mud comes true, then another roadblock on the road to removing all dams on the Rogue River comes down, and we are one step closer to a free flowing river.
Photos: Memaloose Lake Old Growth and the Columbia Gorge Waterfall Hikers this past June taken by Angela Basurtto